Robin van Persie rejects new Arsenal contract offer
Robin van Persie is set to leave Arsenal FC this summer after the striker rejected the chance to sign a new contract and some of Europe’s top clubs will now be pursuing the Dutchman’s signature.
July 4th, 2012
Every Arsenal supporter feared the worst when their captain didn’t agree a new contract before Euro 2012 and Van Persie has now made the decision to seek pastures new although it’s not completely clear whether the 28-year-old will see out his contract or leave for another club.
Van Persie told his official website: “I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.
“You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.”
The player held talks with Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis although claims that his vision for the future of the team were different to that of others.
“As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.
“Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.”